For spiritual leaders, speaking about giving is often uncomfortable. But then, the Bible commands us to teach people about giving and generosity. One member of our local church asked me after service on giving; “don’t you think the church is asking much of us?” I was unmoved or dumbstruck contrary to what you might think. These are typical questions some believers contemplate about before making their contributions.
Deuteronomy 15:10 says, “Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the LORD, your God will bless you in everything you do.” That's the essence of giving. The society is not perfect, and we have people who need our help in one way or the other. Giving must not be only material. We can help our friends emotionally or by giving them meaningful advice.
I told her that giving is a virtue. It is innate and spiritual desire to assist. It’s more of spiritual maturity than proffering gifts to the church. As a pastor, church administrator or member of a church, here are the 12 sermons on giving that can help cultivate the art of giving.
1. Giving is Giving to God
Pastor: Sid Litke of the Open Door Bible Church in Port Washington.
Scripture: Leviticus 27:30
Litke starts by presenting a humorous story about pastors avoiding sermons on giving. In “Connecting to God through Giving,” we learn that pastors and spiritual leaders ought to change the way they communicate stewardship to the congregation. Giving is giving to God, and it replicates God’s, unconditional love.
Litke in the sermon teaches that giving is discipleship. It is a generous act essential in preaching, evangelizing and stewardship. This sermon is part of a series on “Biblical Financial Stewardship.” The series is monumental for everyone that wants to learn more about the church concerning finances.
The sermon teaches that God Himself is a giver and generous. Christians, as stewards of the gospel and light for those in darkness, should lead by example. The sermon shows that giving draws us closer to God. It allows givers to know God better. Giving enables Christians to trust God through their acts of generosity.
2. Ways Christians Can Give and Motivations towards Giving
Pastor: Mark Adams of Church of Christ
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9:1
Adams insightfully connects the power of giving to spiritual growth on his sermon on giving. In this sermon, we get to realize simple biblical truths about money. Adam explains that God is the giver and landlord of everything. All that we own is a result of gracious gifts from God. Our mandate is to act as stewards and managers of God’s resources. Adams uses several exemplifications to highlight reasons why Christians should give.
The sermon stresses about giving anonymously and cheerfully. Adams illustrates why getting involved in the use of donations encourage giving. The preacher weaves thoughts on New and Old Testaments to highlight the consistency of God’s message in regard to giving.
You might find this sermon very useful if you want to encourage people to give to God.
3. Giving Your First and Best
Pastor: Todd Wilson of Calvary Memorial
Scripture: PROVERBS 3:9-10
You might be attending church or be in a small group of fellowship. You might be a pastor, an evangelist or Christ’s disciple. But are you giving God your best? Wilson tackles this question by teaching that we are in this world for the Father’s business. The pastor mentions how it is always uneasy for him to preach about giving.
You can eliminate queasiness and trepidation coming with administering sermons by listening to this sermon. Todd Wilson explains why giving the first, and the best, delights God. Like Litke, he reveals that the best way to come close to God is through giving.
God Himself gave his first and best – Jesus Christ. For us to shine the way, we need to give like God. Wilson explains that it’s the way to strengthen our faith and trust in God.
4. Giving: A Matter of the Heart
Pastor: Sduduzo Blose of Sandton Adventist Church
Scripture: Mark 12:38-44
Blose captures what I believe as the most sensitive topic on giving. On his sermon, he explains why giving in large amounts may be meaningless if it’s not from the heart. Giving is a matter of the heart but not wealth. Jesus says in Mark 12:44,”… but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Blose’s sermon answers critical questions about giving. He highlights who should give and for what purpose. He answers the question, how should we give and to whom? Pastor Blose approaches the topic through the lenses of spirituality. Blose dissects the meaning of “heart” in relation to the treasures in heaven.
The sermon teaches that unless we explain the essence of giving as a matter of heart, we are bound to delivering sermons on giving the wrong way.
5. Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Is
Pastor: David O’Neil of Time Square Church
Scripture: Mathew 6:21
“My right hand shouldn’t know what my left hand is giving.” O’Neil uses this phrase in his sermon to illustrate the crux of generous giving. He explains that God is not interested in the amount you offer but what is in the heart. By giving, Christians proclaim that God is a giver. Through assisting the poor, we are providing tangible evidence of the true nature of God.
This sermon can be a great addition to your preparation for the next sermon. It highlights the scriptures of Paul and those in the Old Testament teaching about giving. O’Neil likens offerings to thanksgiving to God.
What is money as compared to eternal life? O’Neill tries to explain that we give out of appreciation. That giving is not about the 10 percent. It’s about the heart. It’s about gratitude. The bottom line is Christians can build their confidence, trust and faith by offering to God.
6. The Offering
Pastor: Victor D. Pentz of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:1-4
Navigating through the topic of offering, Pentz outlines the reasons for making offerings. In response to how much we should give, Pentz ties our standards of living to the standards of making offerings.
Pentz notes that offerings:
· Enable Christians to participate in the work of God
· Are ways of worshipping God
· Create a deeper connection to God
· Are our expressions of gratitude
· Are our investment plans for eternity
The preacher presents the topic of giving by using real-life examples and biblical excerpts. He integrates human thinking and biblical explanations to assert the importance of offerings. The sermon is essential for everyone that wants to enrich his knowledge on offerings.
7. The Laws of Giving & Receiving – The Power of The Seed
Pastor: David D. Ireland of Church of Christ, USA
Scripture: Luke 6:38
The law of reciprocity works in nearly every sphere of life. Ireland emphasizes that when we give, it shall be given unto us. He terms this as one of the most fundamental of God’s laws. The law of giving and receiving is essential as an impetus for giving.
The preacher attests that some pastors and ministers can misinterpret the scripture regarding this law. The sermon is exciting and insightful, forging up a new dimension to the purpose of giving. Ireland describes how the law of reciprocity works – far from literal as you might think.
Some of us are cheapening this law by only relating it to material giving. Listen to Ireland’s sermon, and you’ll gain invaluable insights about the law of giving and receiving.
8. Am I Generous?
Pastor: Robert Morris
Scripture: John 12
Morris encourages believers to give without second thoughts. This sermon relates generosity to Godly works. Morris challenges listeners by asserting that if they are not giving, then they are selfish. He uses illustrations and quotes from the scripture to enable listeners answer, the question; “Am I generous?”
Morris also talks about extravagance in giving and the rewards of generosity. God rewards generosity. He reveres those with generous hearts. You can sift through this sermon on generosity to learn about the three levels of giving – offerings, tithes and extravagant offerings.
9. Will Man Rob God?
Pastor: Mark Driscoll of the Trinity Church
Scripture: Malachi 3:6-18
Well, if you want to know if you’ve ever taken something from God, watch Driscoll’s Sermon on ways a man can rob God. Driscoll is straightforward and comes with thought-provoking themes from the bible regarding offerings. He rivets through the scripture to discuss Malachi’s promise.
Malachi explains that if we fail to meet offering obligations, we deny ourselves blessings and promises from God. We are opening our hearts to heavens when we tithe and give.
When we don’t obey the commandments and fail to tithe, we rob God. We also rob ourselves the fruits that come with giving. You can get more by listening to Driscoll’s sermon on how we rob God.
10. What Are The Benefits Of Giving?
Pastor: Ander Henderson
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:7
What do we gain by giving? Does the law of reciprocity hold for everyone? Pastor Dre answers these questions in his sermon on the benefits of giving. Giving tithes in the church is one of the ways that God tests our faith. Again, it draws us closer to God and attracts blessings from the heavens.
Pastor Dre acknowledges that spiritual leaders face challenges in presenting sermons on giving. When we understand the benefits givers receive, it becomes easy to prepare our sermons. Dre uses a series of scriptures to tell out the spiritual aspect of giving. He reiterates giving is a virtue, a personal relationship with God and a matter of the heart.
11. How Giving Makes You Joyful
Pastor: Gary Hardin
Scripture: Philippians 4:10-20
As we give, abundance follows us. Hardin explains this in the sermon how giving makes us joyful. He uses describes how Christians can experience joy when the lead of a life of liberal financial giving.
Helping others and focusing our attention to the needy gives us peace and joy. Hardin harps on Paul’s teachings that sufficiency is in Christ and not material things. He furthers the lessons of contentment and its role in achieving spiritual maturity.
We become partners in the ministry of God when we give. We grow our faith and strengthen our personal relationship with God. Read through Hardin’s sermon to have a clear picture of how simple acts of giving can bring joy.
12. Faith, Financials and Formula
Pastor: TD Jakes of the Potter's House of Dallas
Scripture: Philippians 3:13
On this sermon, Jakes asks, “Where art thou?” Jake is asking about the spiritual position of Christians in regard to giving. He explains that you can unhook yourself from the past through offerings and tithing.
“Every day that you wake up without a plan, you lose that day.” In this statement, Jakes relates “lose” to the spiritual loss we experience by not being generous. TD Jakes explains how to trust God in finances and everything. He talks about first fruits and putting God first in everything.